Bruichladdich have produced batches of the some of the most heavily peated whisky in the modern world. The whisky has a peat level of 140ppm (phenols per million) and is called 'Octomore'. In comparison, Ardbeg 10 years old which is regarded as the smokiest whisky, has a peat level of 55ppm in its malted barley.
The Bruichladdich Distillery
tel - +44(0)1496 850 190
web - www.bruichladdich.com
Tours through the Bruichladdich Distillery are available Monday to Friday twice daily and once on Saturday. Extra tours are added during summer.
Charges apply. The tour lasts for around forty five minutes.
Booking in advance is requested.
Cask visits also available upon request.
Masterclasses available - contact by email, email@example.com stating master class enquiry.
How to pronouce Bruichladdich? brook-laddie
Bruichladdich is Scotland's most westerly distillery. It is located on the western peninsula of Islay on the edge of Loch Indaal and looks across the water to the Bowmore distillery on the opposite shore. The distillery was built using stones from the local beach and was also one of the first buildings in the UK to use concrete in its construction. Bruichladdich is translated from Gaelic as 'the brae (hillside) by the shore'. Despite its location on Islay, which is the home of smoky whisky, Bruichladdich has traditionally been produced as a non smoky whisky and the core range remains as such today. The consortium of new owners have turned Bruichladdich into one of most innovative distilleries, as they break from tradition and experiment with different wine casks to mature their whisky. Their website has webcams that allow you to see the whisky making process in action from start to finish.
The distillery was commissioned and built in 1881 by Barnett Harvey, a Speyside distillery owner. His family had a rich heritage in the whisky and distilling industry and when his brother died, his three sons (William, Robert and John) decided to use the money that had been left to them to start a distillery for themselves. Each of the sons took on different responsibilities and William remained distillery manager until he died in 1937. Following William's death and a period of temporary closure, the distillery was sold to a group of Americans who planned to produce and market Scottish single malt and then send it to the USA to meet the massive demand for whisky following the abolition of Prohibition. Bruichladdich then entered a rocky period where ownership changed hands five times in the following 50 years, resulting in it being mothballed in 1995. It was not until 2000 that the distillery was brought back to life by a consortium of local businessmen and whisky lovers, headed by Jim McEwan and Mark Reynier. They restored Bruichladdich to its former glory by renovating all the old equipment, including the original stills, resulting in one of the most traditional distilleries in the world.